The “Side by Side” Caregiver and Family Support Group is a community outreach initiative of the Mt. Lehman United Church, and offers support to the general public of unpaid caregivers of spouses, elders, children, blended and extended families, as well as friends and neighbours of people with significant health needs. We will meet the last Saturday of every month from January, 2018 to May, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We will also offer coffee/tea and muffin and a lunch of soup and buns, as well as an interactive educational presentation on identified caregiver issues, and a safe place for caregivers to exchange information and meet others with similar experiences. We would like any caregivers to register their interest as space is limited. Please contact Paddy at 604-856-8114 or email… firstname.lastname@example.org…to register, or go to the website at www.sidebysidecare.org to get further information.
Our next session is March 24th, 2018
OUR GUEST SPEAKER WILL BE: A COUNSELLOR FROM THE CARES COUNSELLING & RESTORATION SERVICES
The guest speaker will be a counsellor from the Cares Counselling & Restoration Services in Abbotsford. He will speak on the topic of depression.
“Caregivers’ risk for experiencing depression is 30 times greater than that of non-caregivers, particularly among those caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia loved ones, according to the National Institutes of Health.
In an effort to provide the best possible care for a family member or friend, caregivers often sacrifice their own physical and emotional needs and the emotional and physical experiences involved with providing care can strain even the most capable person. The resulting feelings of anger, anxiety, sadness, isolation, exhaustion—and then guilt for having these feelings—can exact a heavy toll. But don’t accept that depression is par for course.”
Our speaker will talk about signs and symptoms and ways of dealing or avoiding becoming depressed.
If you are a new caregiver to the group, please register by contacting the Community Support Coordinator at email@example.com
PLEASE NOTE: Our venue has changed this year to the ANAVET’S HALL AT Mt. Lehman, 30346 McNeil Ave., Abbotsford (5900 block on Mt. Lehman Road, west of railway intersection.)
Please check out the website at www.sidebysidecare.org for more information.